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Development coach visits Guatemala in third year of youth programme

Lausanne (SUI) - Thursday, May 01, 2014
Development coach visits Guatemala in third year of youth programme

Bulgarian coach Ivan YOTOV is preparing young Guatemalan archers to shoot at future Youth and Summer Olympic Games.

Supported by Global Sport Development Foundation, the aim of the youth development programme in Guatemala is to have competitive athletes at Nanjing 2014 and Rio 2016.

Coach Ivan YOTOV made his second trip to the country early in 2014. He stayed for a month, meeting with the national archery federation to discuss development planning and implementation – and reviewing training plan outcomes, equipment and national archers across the age groups.

The number of archers in Guatemala has increased tremendously. In the youth category, the federation now has 37 archers – up from just four cadets previously.

Athletes train at a well-constructed archery field and are supported by national coaches. Through theoretical, technical and physical sessions, Ivan assessed both the archers’ and coaches’ knowledge and skills – everything from posture to performance, exercise to shot execution – before advising on areas to improve. “Guatemala has excellent facilities,” Ivan said in review. “The potential to build a good foundation for the future and create a competitive international team.”

Guatemalan coaches will produce reports on archers for Ivan to read while out of the country, so he can continue checking up on their progress as Nanjing draws closer. We’ll be watching the athlete’s progress with interest at those Games this summer, and coach Ivan YOTOV will return to Guatemala later this year.

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